Xavier Gomis-Rüth, ‘Manuel Rico’ – Bruker – SBE prize 2016
The Executive Council of SBE has awarded the 2016 “Manuel Rico” – Bruker prize to:
Xavier Gomis-Rüth (IBMB, CSIC, Barcelona).
For his extensive CV, especially in recent years, and his important contributions in the field of Structural Biology, combining functional and biochemical studies with X-Ray crystallography.
About the 2016 Awardee
Dr. F. Xavier Gomis-Rüth
Is research professor in the Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona – IBMB (Barcelona, Spain).
Dr. Gomis-Rüth graduated in chemical engineering (1989) by the Institut Químic de Sarrià, Universitat Ramon Llull of Barcelona. During 1989-1992 he worked in crystallography of proteins, mainly proteolytic enzymes, under the supervision of Wolfram Bode and Robert Huber, Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1988, at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried (Germany). In 1992 he obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the Faculty of chemistry and pharmacy at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (Germany). At the end of 1992 he returned to Barcelona to continue working in Biochemistry and structural Biophysics of proteases with F. Xavier Aviles at the Institute of Fundamental Biology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. During this time he enjoyed long term fellowships from EMBO and the EU Marie Curie programme. In 1995-1996 he worked again at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry with W. Bode and R. Huber, and from 1997 he joined the Group of Miquel Coll at the Institute of Molecular Biology of Barcelona – IBMB of the CSIC. He became scientific collaborator of CSIC in 1999 and set up his own laboratory, whose first publication appeared in 2003. In 2004 he became research scientist and in 2008 he became research professor, in charge of the Proteolysis Laboratory. He has published 124 scientific articles which have been cited more than 8600 times, giving rise to an index H of 47. His research interests focus on the molecular analysis of proteolytic enzymes, their regulation and inhibition, and the guest-Microbiome interactions.
Dr. Gomis-Ruth is member of eight international scientific societies, acts as a frequent reviewer of research projects, is reviewer for over 25 journals and member of the Panel of editors of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Throughout his career he has been graced with the Roche Diagnostics Prize of the Spanish society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – SEBBM and has been nominated by the SBE for the EBSA 2000 prize of young European Biophysicists. He has been Deputy Director of the IBMB where he is presently Director of the Department of structural biology, which has been recently recognized as a “María de Maeztu” unit of excellence
Please, visit the website of the Proteolysis Laboratory at IBMB.
About the “Manuel Rico” – Bruker Prize
Awarded in memory of Professor Manuel Rico, who was a leading biophysicist, member of the SBE, and a Research Professor at the Institute of Chemical Physics “Rocasolano”, CSIC (Madrid). He was a pioneer using NMR technologies to study protein structure, stability, dynamics and interactions.
Biophysicist who develope their main activity in Spain. Preference is given to members of the SBE working on Structure/Function problems from a Biophisics perspective.
3000 € and a talk delivered by the awardee during a special session of the 5th SPBf / SBE Congress (Porto June 15 – 17, 2016).
Past winners of this prize
2015: Juan A. Hermoso (Madrid)
2014: Óscar Llorca (Madrid)
2013: José Manuel Sánchez Ruiz (Granada) and Félix Ritort (Barcelona)
2012: Antonio V. Ferrer Montiel (Elche-Alicante) and Marta Bruix (Madrid)
2011: Ignacio Fita (Barcelona)
2010: Modesto Orozco (Barcelona) and José Luis Rodríguez Arrondo (Bilbao)
2008: José García de la Torre (Murcia)
2006: Jesús Pérez Gil (Madrid)
2004: Javier Sancho (Zaragoza)
2002: José María Valpuesta (Madrid)
2000: Miquel Pons (Barcelona)
1998: Rafael Picorel (Zaragoza)
Please, visit the SBE website.